Perak’s very own Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO) debut performance at Taiwan ‘was a very good tour’ said Music Director Eugene Pook.
‘From the time we arrived at the airport we were warmly greeted by 18 student volunteers from Tamkang University Administration Department. The Taiwan hosts were so friendly, morning call, tour guides, we were treated like superstars’ exclaimed Pook.
KVWO was invited to perform in Taiwan after giving a fully sponsored charity performance in aid of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital in Penang in January this year.
The 48 strong orchestra,80% of whom are students held 2 performances both at Wanfang High School, one for a fundraiser and the next as a cultural interaction with Taiwanese aborigines.
Pook said that their performances were well received by the Taiwan audience and gave an example of their upbeat rendition of a piece from West Side Story where ‘a member of the audience got up and danced’
KVWO’s musical program included ‘Bands from around the World, Sound of Music, Abba and West Side Story’. Penang’s violin prodigy 12 year old Verena Koay and multi-lingual vocalist Estee Pook were part of the programme.
The tour was also a good expose for the members as they had shared the stage with their musical counterparts, the Wanfang Wind Orchestra and Scout Choir. the Aboriginal Chorus, Wanfang String Orchestra, and Wanfang Alumni Ensemble. “It was a very good cultural exchange ’.
But it was not all work as the band members were able to slot in some tours to Taipei 101 Tower , Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Yuanshan and Beitou Thermal Valley and take in some shopping too.
The Taiwan visit was jointly organised by the Tamkang University Public Administration Department , Chinese Society for Training and Development and Taipei City Council.
KVWO has done Ipoh proud. Having performed at 2 concerts would have made a positive impression about Ipoh and what it has to offer in terms of cultural maturity.
What more participating in a fund raising program is it any wonder that a Taipei City Councillor hosted a farewell dinner for them at the Taipei City Hall.
Good job KVWO. Music does make the world go round.